Places to ride in Western Pennsylvania
Great Allegheny Passage (Youghiogheny River Trail)
This bike path is the regions longest and most famous trails. Finally completed after decades of red tape and hard labor, it stretches from Pittsburgh to Cumberland, Maryland. Just hope on the trail at the Southside Works and you can be in rural Somerset or Fayette counties setting up camp by sunset. In Cumberland you can connect with the C and O Towpath which will take you all the way to Washington, D.C.
Bavington is a local favorite for mountain biking and treats its riders to tight single track, rolling terrain, and great scenery. Bavington, located near StarLake Amphitheater, is part of the PA State Gamelands. . Follow I279 south and take the US22/30 exit.
South Park, nestled between Bethel Park, Library, and Baldwin, has riding for both road and mountain bikers. The bike lane along Corrigan Drive is 2.5 miles long and is often crowded with pedestrians and in-line skaters. It is a great place to style on your cruiser. However, taking any of the intersecting streets can lead to some interesting road riding.
For mountain bikers, there are miles of single track throughout South Park. Some good places to start includes a trail that runs behind Splash 'n Skate, the Girl Scout Trail that climbs to the Wave Pool, and The Golf Course trail. There are many other trails to explore. However, some land accessible from South Park trail-heads are posted against trespassing, so rider beware.
Moraine State Park, located north of Pittsburgh, offers extremes in riding. Winding through the park is a 7.5 mile paved bike path. Designed with the recreational rider in mind, the bike path is a great place to take the family and enjoy a nice ride. At the turn around point is a snack bar to fuel up for the ride back to the car.
At the other extreme, Moraine boasts one of the more technical loops around. Littered with stones, boulders, and roots, this 7 mile loop challenges even skilled mountain bikers. Once at the park, follow the signs to the trailhead.
Boyce Park, located off the Parkway East near Monroeville, has miles of technical single track and wide multi-track. Like many other places, there are plenty of trails to explore. A good place to begin is at the "Log House". There is a map of trails located at the park to help point you in the right direction. Don't forget to look out for hikers and picnickers, especially on weekends.
Settler's Cabin, located off the Campbell's Run Road exit of I279 south, has many miles of multi-track and tight single track trails. Many of the trails have become heavily rutted with monster puddles from overuse, but it still offers unique riding not far from the city.
A good place to start your ride is from the tennis court parking lot. You will see the trailhead, which leads into the woods. That begins a tight, winding ride. You can follow this trail for about 5 miles. There are many trails that intersect this trail, so there is plenty of opportunity to explore and come up with your own loop. Be sure that you have a patch kit, extra tube, and pump because many of the trails are covered with soft pine needles and have caused many a flat.
Frick Park, with trail entrances on Beachwood Boulevard, Forbes Avenue, Braddock Avenue, Reynolds Street and Forward Avenue, offers gentle bike trails to hairy, ultra-technical downhills. There are many trailheads and intersecting trails to ride. Be careful of your speed because there are many pedestrians and dogs (both leashed and unleashed).